160th anniversary of the Overland Campaign to be observed around the area

by | Feb 3, 2024 | History

From the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park:
From May 3 to May 5, 2024, we will host a series of free special programs commemorating the beginning of the Overland Campaign. These events will included opportunities for people of all ages and interests to explore, discover, and reflect on these events that shaped us into who we are today.
The anniversary will feature a special virtual talk featuring historian Drew Gilpin Faust on the evening of May 3, 2024. This talk will draw on Dr. Faust’s vast expertise in Civil War memory and her examination of American cultural change around death in the Civil War, highlighting the scale of casualties suffered in the spring of 1864.
In addition to the anniversary weekend, other May programming will focus on the 160th anniversary. Join us on May 11, 2024 for a quieter, more reflective day at the Bloody Angle. On May 18, the 2024 History at Sunset programs will kick-off with a program at the Spotsylvania Battlefield.
The events that played out in Virginia in 1864 had a lasting impact beyond the Civil War and the Fredericksburg area. Follow our partners at Richmond National Battlefield Park and Petersburg National Battlefield for more 160th programs and events.
Photo:  Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park

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